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Hendrix home recording for sale

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix died in London in 1970 aged 27

A home recording by 1960s rock icon Jimi Hendrix is expected to fetch between £50,000-£100,000 when it is auctioned online.

The recording features 14 tracks, including songs from the 1968 album Electric Ladyland, with the star singing and playing guitar.

The tape was recorded by Hendrix in New York in 1968 and then taken to Britain, according to co-owner Mark Sutherland,

The tape will be sold by memorabilia auctioneer the Fame Bureau on 28 April.

"I don't know how the tapes got from New York to London, but they must have been important if he took them with him," Mr Sutherland said.

Hendrix lived above a photography studio in central London where his neighbour, Carl Niekirk, worked.

"Carl kept getting disturbed by people, and said 'a favour for a favour'... and Jimi gave him two tapes," said Mr Sutherland.

Mr Niekirk sold one of the tapes on "for a nominal fee" to Mr Sutherland after meeting him a pub a few years ago.

The tape has since been at the centre of a legal dispute as the Hendrix estate tried to claim it back. Mr Sutherland said he is only now able to finally sell it.

Interest in Hendrix memorabilia has been high recently - in September the first guitar to be set alight by Hendrix on stage fetched £280,000 at auction.

The guitarist, famous for songs such as All Along The Watchtower and Purple Haze, died in 1970 in London aged 27.



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